Alaska was a popular place last year: Compared with 2003,
attendance was up at the states national parks, and Anchorage,
Alaskas largest city, drew more overnight guests.
Just under 2.3
million people paid a visit to one of the states 16 parks,
according to the National Park Service.
More than 843,000
people visited the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in
Skagway, making it the most popular national park in Alaska. The
park commemorates Skagways 19th-century gold-rush boom and features
the Chilkoot Trail, the route that gold prospectors used to get to
Dawson in the Yukon Territory.
Park and Preserve and Glacier Bay National Park were the second-
and third-most popular parks in Alaska last year.
Historical Park and Kenai Fjords National Park rounded out the top
The least visited
park in Alaska was the Aniakchak National Monument, which is on the
western side of the state in an area known for cloudy and stormy
The preserve has
no accessible trails -- visitors can take a float plane or
powerboat -- and there are no formal trails within the park. The
centerpiece is a six-mile-wide, 2,000-foot-deep caldera, formed by
the collapse of a mountain. Only 154 people visited that park in
Anchorage grew in
popularity last year: A recovering economy and several large
conventions contributed to a spike in Anchorages hotel occupancy in
Anchorage hotels was up 3.6%, and room revenue rose by more than
4%, according to the Anchorage Convention and Visitors
cruise ship passengers and car rental revenues all were up 9%
during the destinations high season, which runs between May and
reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].